India will try to maintain their perfect record against Pakistan in the World Cup matches.© Twitter
India will tackle Pakistan in the opening match of their 2021 ICC T20 World Cup campaign Sunday in Dubai. The meeting between the two bitter rivals is their sixth showdown in the flashy T20 event. The two sides faced each other in the opening round of the first T20 World Cup in 2007, which India won, in a play-off match. Later in the tournament, India would beat Pakistan by five runs in the final to win the title.
India and Pakistan re-emerged in the 2012, 2014 and 2016 editions, with the Indian team winning at every opportunity.
As India strive to maintain their perfect record against Pakistan during World Cup matches India have also beaten Pakistan in all seven of their one-day matches in the World Cup – here is a look at some of the best individual performances by Indian players against their arch-rivals in the recent T20 World Cup matches.
Gautam Gambhir (2007)
After being released for a duck in the group stage match against Pakistan, Gautam Gambhir played an innings to remember in the final, while his 75-ball 75-yard kick helped India put 157/5 in 20 overs, despite poor performances from other batsmen. India win by five runs to secure the title in Johannesburg.
Irfan Pathan (2007)
While Gambhir played with the bat in the 2007 final, Irfan Pathan played an equally important role with the ball later in the match. Pathan finishes with impressive 3/16 figures from his four overs and selects the crucial wickets of Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi and Yasir Arafat.
Yuvraj Singh (2012)
Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 78 when India comfortably beat Pakistan by eight wickets in a Super 8 match in the T20 World Cup in 2012. However, it was Yuvraj Singh who helped to achieve the victory with an overall performance. Yuvraj inflicted two devastating blows to Pakistan in the middle overs when he fired Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal. Pakistan never recovered and were exploited for 128. Yuvraj later batted with an unbeaten 19 with the bat to complete the victory.
Amit Mishra (2014)
India achieved another convincing victory over Pakistan in 2014 when they defeated their arch-rivals by seven wickets. Amit Mishra was the unsung hero of the match and removed Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Malik in key phases to limit Pakistan to 130/7 in 20 overs. He finishes with figures of 2/22 from his four overs.
Virat Kohli (2016)
Virat Kohli had a tournament in 2016 to remember when he played a handful of important shots for India. One of them was an unbeaten 55 against Pakistan as he helped India recover from three early shots to overtake the 119-run goal with six wickets and 13 balls in a low score.